SCAMPER is a Mnemonic Prompt

SCAMPER is a Mnemonic Prompt for Excellent, Impromptu Questions

SCAMPER provides a ‘hip-pocket’ tool; ie, an unplanned method of developing appropriate questions on an impromptu basis. With SCAMPER, you may also take raw input (ie, first-cut ideation lists) and challenge participants to calibrate their raw input into something closer to the form of the answer being sought. Use the questions prompted by SCAMPER to…

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Chairing Meetings

16 Valuable Tips and Considerations when Chairing Meetings

Many skills required to facilitate also apply to chairing meetings. Success begins with vision and meeting vision comes alive by articulating the purpose, scope, and objectives in advance.  Other considerations that support successful facilitating or chairing rely heavily on people skills such as: Ability to trust in the good nature of the human spirit, even in high-risk situations…

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Eight Meeting Purposes

8 Meeting Purposes – What Tasks Are You Asking a Group to Complete?

Effective meetings are first based on clear line of sight to an end result, preferably something that can be documented.  Yet all too often meeting purposes rely on determining WHAT the deliverable should be. Consequently, using meeting time to determine the meeting deliverable indicates unclear thinking and weak methodology.  As a result, see the eight most common reasons…

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Meeting Competence

9 Tips Proven to Increase Meeting Competence and Output Quality

Without effective leadership, you can win the agenda but lose the meeting. Meeting competence demands that you take responsibility to prevent collective incompetence. For example, do not allow ‘showboating’ and meetings within meetings. Additionally, consider the following suggestions to improve meeting competence. Meeting Competence Considers . . . Acronyms and BuzzWords—Create a visual legend for…

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How Facilitated Leadership Can Help You Overcome 7 Common Project Pitfalls

How Facilitated Leadership Can Help You Overcome 7 Common Project Pitfalls

Facilitative leadership provides the best assurance that team leads/ project managers can overcome project pitfalls. Borrowing from the PMBoK (ie, Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge) and other published sources, following are seven of the most common project pitfalls. A discussion about each follows below. 7 Project Pitfalls Abandonment of Planning Feature (Scope) Creep Omitting…

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